Zettai Shounen, Haibane Renmei Recommendations
Zettai Shonen may be twice as long as Haibane Renmei, but the pacing of both the shows is similar. They both are more reliant on character development than moving the plot forward. There is an aura of the supernatural in both shows, however Haibane Renmei has a superior art style.
The slowly revealed plot and the strength of character development make both of these shows worthwhile.
Zettai Shounen has a slow, melancholy pace, unexplained or slowly explained phenomenon, and mystery with some connection to an unclear past. I'm not crazy about the character art but gets the job done but the background art combined with minimal dialogue and a natural sound track that includes bird songs and insect noises works very well. The summer arc conveys the slow, heavy, hot, sun bleached, dusty feel of August and the winter arc the quiet chill of winter as the story oozes forward. Not for every one but worth a look if you enjoy the mystic.
The genres of these two shows are slice of life with a few supernatural/fantasy quirks added. A plot later does reveal itself. The two start off with a very similar atmosphere of a sleepy peaceful town and a newcomer to that place. If you can stand slow pacing, these two are great. Along with a similar atmosphere, the music is also very similar. I can't stress this enough. I had to actually check if they had the same composer but they are different. Both soundtracks are very great. Also, if you were alright with either one of
Haibane Renmei and Zettai Shounen are slice-of-life stories that chronicle the main characters' progressive movements throughout each episode. They have similar pacing with a natural feeling of serenity.
There are phases of supernatural involved as both series have a lighthearted tone. Throughout both series, issues are explored and mysteries are unraveled.
The soundtracks for both series are also smooth with a calm background.